Today is the UN’s Human Rights Day, which ‘calls on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights’ – including ‘a person with disabilities.’
As hearing loss is classed as a disability, children and adults with Microtia and associated deafness are protected under the UK Equality Act (2010).
The Equality Act legislates against direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation. It covers work, education, and a range of other situations and environments – such as public services.
It covers both the person with a disability, and people who are associated with or support them – such as friends or family members.
The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) has produced a guide to the rights of pupils in education, and can advise by phone or email.
For adults, Action on Hearing Loss provide information on rights and sources of advice.
UN Human Rights Day: http://tinyurl.com/MicrotiaUK-HR
General information on the UK Equality Act (2010): http://tinyurl.com/MicrotiaUK-EA2010
NDCS guidance: http://tinyurl.com/MUK-NDCS-Rights
Action on Hearing Loss resources: http://tinyurl.com/MUK-AoHL-Rights
#toylikeme is a fast-growing movement calling on ‘the global toy industry to positively represent 150 million children with disabilities and difference worldwide.’
Set up in 2015 by journalist and mum Rebecca Atkinson – who is herself deaf – #toylikeme has featured in news outlets around the world: including the BBC, Mail, Guardian, Yahoo, Dystractify, Upworthy and Al Jeezera.
As well as lobbying big manufacturers like Lego and Playmobile to include more diverse representations in their products, #toylikeme’s website features small businesses who custom-make a fantastic variety of toys: including some with Microtia!
The site also includes a gallery of makeovers for homemade inspiration, and highlights existing representative products (such as a cuddly microtian Nemo).
#toylikeme says: ‘Positive representation matters. To see yourself reflected by huge toy brands like Playmobil and Lego is about more than just a toy. It’s about these brands sending out a powerful message that everyone should be included and celebrated. Let’s normalise diff:ability for what it really is, part of the natural spectrum of human life.’
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